The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is pleased to have supported the
policy conference and this resulting report that highlights the need to have
K-12 and higher education systems work more closely together to support
excellence in education. The 15 state teams that met in Kansas City last June
recognized the need to break down the dysfunctional separation that
traditionally has characterized relationships between the K-12 and
postsecondary systems in the great majority of states.
There are encouraging signs in the 15 states that participated in the
conference, and in other states as well, that inter-level isolation is waning, and
that cooperation between the two educational systems is increasing, on issues
like teacher quality, standards, college admissions and placement, and remedial
education. Obviously, issues such as these overlap the two systems and require
more inter-level collaboration.
Improving teacher education, for example, requires much more cooperation
between school systems and the institutions that prepare the nation's teachers.
The evidence is now confirming what respected researchers and experienced
practitioners have known for a very long time, that teacher quality is the critical
leverage point in improving education in America. In the conversations in
Kansas City it became abundantly clear to the attending state policymakers and
educators: Only when K-12 and higher education systems work closely
together to support excellence and vigor in preparing educators to teach in
America's classrooms will quality education and equality of opportunity
become a reality for all of our youngsters.
Vice President, Youth Development
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation